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									                                    USF TAMPA
                                 MEETING MINUTES
                                   October 13, 2010

Present:         Ellis Blanton, Larry Branch, Emanuel Donchin, Sang-Hie Lee, Michael LeVan,
                 Huntington Potter, Arthur Shapiro, Drew Smith

Absent:          Elizabeth Bird, Dale Johnson, Christine Probes, Deborah Williams

Guests:          James Andrews, Eric Eisenberg, Kaushal Chari, Miguel Labrador, Kathleen
                 McCook, Steve Permuth

Office:          Dwayne Smith, Graham Tobin, Linda Whiteford, Ralph Wilcox

The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. With the addition of Dr. LeVan being present at
the September 1, 2010 meeting, the Minutes were approved as corrected.


a.        Discussion of Proposed School Name Change – James Andrews, Interim Director, SLIS;
          Kaushal Chari, Chair, ISDS; Miguel Labrador, CSE; Kathleen McCook, SLIS

          President Branch prefaced this discussion by reminding everyone that USF is operating in
          a climate of shared governance with a recent history of shrinking resources. When
          programs are shrinking and there is a perception of possible overlap among programs, it
          made sense to ask each of the three directors to attend today’s meeting so that everyone is
          made aware of the issues and exchange information in the context of shared governance.

          Dr. Andrews gave an overview of the rationale behind the proposed renaming of the
          School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) to the School of Information. The
          name change better reflects the School’s strategic aims to align itself with trends in the
          field and to help the undergraduate students to identify with the overall School’s
          offerings. The proposal is supported not only by the School’s faculty, but by the Dean
          and Associate Deans of Arts and Sciences as well. Dr. Andrews then communicated with
          those departments involved (Mass Communications, ISDS, Communications, and
          Engineering) to let them know what the School was planning in terms of the name
          change. Once this is decided upon, Dr. Andrews will share it with the Advisory Board
          for the master’s degree and for alumni as well. He commented that the iSchool
          movement is a trend in this field; not a unique thing. From today’s meeting with the
          SEC, Dr. Andrews was anticipating support or some kind of consensus from this body,
          and in conjunction with those departments on campus that are information-oriented in
their research and education to create a committee to quickly and efficiently share

President Branch commented that the USF Tampa campus Faculty Senate is concerned
with just the academic issues on the Tampa campus. The other institutions are wanting
unique missions and asked how the Tampa campus handles this fact that it is suppose to
have non-overlapping and noncompeting issues as well. Dr. Andrews responded that
Polytechnic and Sarasota had an undergraduate degree in information technology, but it
was administered under Undergraduate Studies on the Tampa campus, although the
courses were primarily on-line. A decision was made that many of those students
preferred to stay on the Tampa campus. Dr. Andrews was approached by his dean and
asked if his School would administer that degree away from Undergraduate Studies
making it something to fit in well with the information science disciplines in a way that
would distinguish it from what was being offered at the Polytechnic and other campuses.
This is currently taking place. An effort is being made to distinguish this undergraduate
program from the other programs being offered at the satellite campuses.

In response to a question regarding resources to support a new undergraduate program,
Provost Wilcox gave historical background that the degree has always been approved for
delivery at USF. It is not a new program although it did have resource ramifications
because in the past the program had been delivered on-line by faculty. Recognizing the
needs of the students that were admitted to and enrolled in the program on this campus,
recognizing they expressed that they wanted a degree from USF (not from Polytechnic or
Sarasota) shows to the Provost that USF has a responsibility to move to meet their needs.
Therefore, this is where it is now.

There was concern among the SEC members of redundant course offerings and course
overlapping with other campuses. Undergraduate Council Chair Michael LeVan
suggested there should be renaming and reworking of what the curriculum would look
like. Dr. Andrews commented that course prefixes will be changed and courses added
that bring in the information science part of the degree to differentiate it from the
program offered at the Polytechnic campus. He added that critical thinkers will be
trained who will receive the full impact of a Bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa with a
well-rounded undergraduate degree and be able to go into information professions at a
different level than Polytechnic students.

Provost Wilcox added that this is an approved degree to be offered at USF. This is not a
new degree, but some curriculum refinements will be brought forth. He asked that
today’s discussion be focused on the proposed name change of the school and not the
degree at this time.

Comments from Dr. Labrador based upon feedback from faculty:
•    The name change is long overdue, and there are no objections to it.
•    There is overlap in all three areas but each area has different aims and different

     •      Students are not being served correctly in that they are confused. The catalog
            needs to clearly explain to the students the differences between the courses and
            the requirements that can be transferred. Definition of all the courses needs to be
            reviewed and clearly defined.

     Comments from Dr. Chari based upon feedback from faculty:
     •    The demand for IT/ISDS/CIS degrees has decreased since 2000. There is a
          concern with how to place students in companies where job opportunities are
          becoming fewer.
     •    Employer/student education needs to take place; that is, educate both of what this
     •    How will the demand for new resources be handled?

            The suggestion from the college was to have a virtual school of IT drawing
            courses from various colleges to focus on areas that are not covered by other
            departments which would provide an umbrella to collaboratively work under and
            to pool resources.

     Comments from Dr. McCook:
     •    One of the strong points of the new school is working in community informatics.
     •    There is a need for students with more information skills to keep up with the fast-
          changing world.

     President Branch summarized the discussion that all were in agreement with this
     proposed change; that there is, indeed, a need to be adaptive and responsive to today’s
     student changing needs. However, there is no MOU of how academic restructuring
     would occur at USF Tampa. In the absence of an MOU, President Branch does not see a
     vehicle for faculty involvement, or a vehicle for resolution that he would have been as
     optimistic with as he was last year. Provost Wilcox responded that, in his estimation, the
     renaming of a school does not represent academic restructuring. With the change to
     refine the names of units over the past twelve to eighteen months, there is no substantive
     structure change represented. The Provost did agree with President Branch that
     unnecessary duplication of curriculum delivery needs to be looked at very carefully.
     President Branch asked Undergraduate Chair LeVan to assure that the suggestion of a
     committee among the three programs is followed up on and to assure the SEC and
     Faculty Senate that there has been the appropriate dialogue. The SEC will trust that the
     committee will serve the underlying function that is needed at this next stage.

b.   Market-Based Tuition Delivery Model – Ralph Wilcox

     At the request of the Faculty Senate, Provost Wilcox agreed to address the SEC on the
     market-based tuition proposal. To aid in this, he distributed a handout outlining four
     Academic Delivery Funding Models in Higher Education: State Funded, State
     Subsidized, State-Funded: Full Cost Recovery, and Self-Funded: Market-Based Tuition.
     Upon reviewing each of the models the Provost pointed out that, except for the fourth
     model, all have no residual margin. Market-based tuition would cover the full cost of

     instruction and academic support, plus a margin which will be reinvested in the academic
     enterprise to enhance academic quality and expand student access. Although these
     programs would be offered through Continuing Education and would be graduate level
     only at this time, someone could receive a certificate under this model. Senator Permuth
     recommended to Provost Wilcox that a committee of non-standard thinkers be created to
     review this model. President Branch will provide Provost Wilcox with three to four
     names to consider.


a.   Feedback on Proposed Bylaws and Constitution – Elizabeth Bird

     In the absence of Parliamentarian Bird from today’s meeting, President Branch led this
     discussion. The following three suggested additions were made by Parliamentarian Bird:
     (1) expanded language in the Constitution on the Senate’s function (Article II.A) and (2)
     added a sentence that states it is the Senate’s responsibility to appoint members to the
     USF System Faculty Advisory Council (FAC):

     ARTICLE II.        Faculty Senate

     A.     Function

     The Faculty Senate is the primary faculty advisory body to the University of South
     Florida Tampa President, Provost, and Vice President for Health on all matters that
     pertain to the academic climate of the university. The Senate has the responsibility to
     review and make recommendations to them considering decisions on all matters
     pertaining to the welfare if the University, focusing particularly on those pertaining to the
     academic mission.

     The Senate may discuss and take a position on any subject of University concern, and
     may initiate policies on these matters to the President, either directly or through its
     committees. The Senate appoints faculty members to serve on the University-wide
     committees as well as Faculty Senate committees; these committees carry out much of
     the work of the Senate. The Senate will have a significant role in the appointment of
     academic administrators, as well as the periodic performance reviews of such

     The Senate will also be responsible for appointing members of the USF System Faculty
     Advisory Council.

     (3) suggested a procedure for making such appointments and adding it as Article I.E. to
     the Bylaws:

     E.     Appointments to USF System Faculty Advisory Council

     The Faculty Senate President is responsible for making appointments to the USF System
     Faculty Advisory Council (FAC). Terms of appointment will be two years, which may be
     extended by up to two years, at the discretion of the Senate President. No individual may
     serve more than four consecutive years on the FAC, but may be re-appointed after one
     year has elapsed since the end of the last appointment.

     The members of the FAC will include the Senate President, Vice-President, Secretary,
     Sergeant-at-Arms, and Parliamentarian unless those individuals are unwilling or unable
     to serve. Additional FAC members must be serving members of the Senate, elected or ex-
     officio, at the time of appointment. Individuals appointed to the FAC may complete their
     FAC appointments (including possible extension), even if they are no longer members of
     the Faculty Senate.

     FAC members will be appointed by the Senate President, following the recommendation
     of the Senate Executive Committee.

     A motion was made and seconded to approve these additions. During discussion, it was
     recommended that Senator-at-Large be added to the members of the FAC. The
     amendment was approved, and the motion to accept all additions was unanimously


a.   Honorary Degree Recommendations – Sang-Hie Lee

     As Chair of the Honors and Awards Council (HAC), Senator Lee presented the following
     candidates recommended by the HAC for Honorary Degrees:

1.   Dr. Joanna Fowler, an alumna of USF undergraduate Department of Chemistry some fifty
     years ago, has accomplished an extraordinary career in science that culminated in
     receiving the National Medal of Science Award in October 7, 2009 in a ceremony held at
     the White House. Her scientific contributions have global impacts in multiple basic
     science disciplines as well as clinical applications: F-fluorideoxy glucose (FOG) in PET
     research, C-cocaine in in vitro research, Mapping human brain (MAO B) in lung
     research, particularly of the effects of smoking. The Council is very pleased to note that
     she is USF’s own graduate and a pioneer female scientist, who has distinguished herself
     in the STEM fields.

     HAC Recommendation: The Council recommends Dr. Fowler for a Doctor of Science.

2.   Dr. Elliot Sussman earned his BA degree from Yale University, MD degree from
     Harvard University, and MBA from Wharton School of Business at The University of
     Pennsylvania. Dr. Sussman has contributed to his field of medicine and the society at
     large as a productive scholar and global leader in HealthCare Management. CBD of the

       American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health
       Network (LVHN), Dr. Sussman has demonstrated a visionary leadership in 21st century
       medical education. LVHN-USF partnership makes an important collaboration toward
       USF’s goal to accomplish AAU membership.

       HAC Recommendation: The Council recommends Dr. Sussman for a Doctor of Humane

       The recommendations came to the SEC from the HAC with a motion to approve. The
       motion was seconded and the nominations were discussed. Chair Lee was asked to verify
       Dr. Fowler’s graduation date from USF. She will also clarify with the College of
       Medicine that Dr. Sussman’s Honorary Degree will be awarded in December at USF’s
       commencement ceremonies and not at ceremonies held for the College of Medicine.
       With this, the motion to approve these two recommendations for Honorary Degree was
       unanimously passed. The recommendations will be presented to the full Senate at its
       October meeting.

b.     Committee on Committees Recommendations – Ellis Blanton

       Committee on Committees (COC) Chair Blanton distributed copies of the recent slate of
       nominations approved by the COC. He thanked all faculty who nominated themselves,
       the COC members for their diligence, and Ms. Pipkins for her contribution to this
       process. The slate came to the SEC from the COC with a motion to approve. Discussion
       was held. Vacancies will continue to be filled. The motion to approve this slate of
       nominees was unanimously approved. It will be presented to the Senate at its October


Provost Wilcox distributed pocket-size copies of the “USF System Fact Book 2010/11” which
can be used not only as a reference guide, but to answer frequently asked questions about USF.

Also distributed was a snapshot of the front page of the web site for the Office of the Provost and
Executive Vice President titled “A Performance Update: Advancing USF’s Strategic Plan.” The
Provost urged the SEC members to link to this page that will take them to an electronic
document with information on such topics as Total University Expenditures per Student FTE,
and Tuition and Fees: In/Out-State Graduate. This is a very different progress update, and is
more comprehensive than previous documents. Provost Wilcox commented that he would like
this information to form the substance of future conversations/future presentations from the
Provost’s Office to the SEC because it is very informative. It reveals USF’s weak spots, soft
spots, areas it is in desperate need of investing in, and improving performance on.


President Branch’s report consisted of the following announcements:

•      Senator David Shapiro has had to resign both from the SEC as Senator-at-Large and from
       the Faculty Senate due to reassignments in the College of Medicine. Therefore, a call for
       nominees to fill the Senator-at-Large position has been sent to all Senators. In addition,
       names will be accepted from the floor at the October Faculty Senate meeting. Vice
       President Steve Permuth will allow himself to be nominated for the Senator-at-Large

•      The USF System FAC has adopted a set of Bylaws and Constitution that will have a 6
       month lifespan (through April 1, 2011) at which point it will be mandatory to reconsider
       the Bylaws. The FAC is currently operating under the original charter and has a year to
       develop a Constitution. The FAC is continuing to meet. President Genshaft is
       implementing the new organizational chart fully. The next meeting of the USF System
       FAC is in St. Petersburg.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:06 p.m.

                                   Outstanding Items
                               Senate Executive Committee

1.    Committee on Faculty Issues, along with CEPI Chair Donchin, to re-examine Emeritus
      policy (09/03/08 SEC Meeting).

2.    Formal procedures for creating a logo – Michael Barber (09/03/08 SEC Meeting).

3.    Status of graduate teaching awards from Graduate Council – James Strange (10/01/08
      SEC Meeting).

4.    Selection of members for Resolution Implementation Committee – Steve Permuth
      (04/08/09 SEC Meeting).

5.    Request of Provost Office for credentials of faculty teaching summer school – Steve
      Permuth (06/03/09 SEC Meeting).

6.    Request of Provost Office for quantification of summer school class sizes – Steve
      Permuth (06/03/09 SEC Meeting).

7.    Decision regarding display case (07/01/09 SEC Meeting)

8.    Feedback from Office of General Counsel on issue of privacy and SafeAssign – Michael
      LeVan (10/07/09 SEC Meeting)

9.    Feedback from CFI on draft definition of faculty statement – Paul Terry (11/04/09 SEC

10.   Timeline from General Counsel Steve Prevaux for revision of Post-Retirement Policy
      #0-614 – Emanuel Donchin (12/02/09 SEC Meeting)

11.   Creation of ad hoc committee to prepare a Faculty Senate response to Article 13, Layoff
      and Recall – Laurence Branch (12/02/09 SEC Meeting)

12.   Undergraduate Chair Michael LeVan to follow up on the creation of a committee
      consisting of faculty from SLIS, ISDS, and CSE for purposes of information sharing.

13.   President Branch to provide Provost Wilcox with three to four names for consideration to
      serve on a committee to review the Market-Based Tuition Delivery Model.


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